Junior Team news this week

Junior Team news this week

By Karen Botha
28th June
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Junior News in last week

Under 8s
Sunday 23rd June: Cranleigh (net score 264) lost to Blackheath (net score 303) by 39 runs
Best batting performance: Vincent Small 18 runs 0 dismissals
Best bowling performance: Joel Rogers 2-0-5-1

Coach’s verdict: Cranleigh batted first and began positively, with Vincent Small hitting 18 including a pair of fine boundaries and a sweetly-struck six. Contributions from everyone in the team got us to 264, with Benedict Hall, an Under 7, successfully playing a reverse sweep in the final over to further excite the crowd. Wickets for Riley Vince, Sam Cronk and Joel Rogers looked to put Cranleigh into a good position but Blackheath batted tidily and ultimately came out on top. The players performed very well throughout it was good to see plenty of enthusiasm all around! —Bradley Adams

Next match? Cranleigh v Farnham (30th June, 10am)

Under 9s
Saturday 22nd June: Cranleigh (net score 345) beat Blackheath (net score 220) by 125 runs
Best batting performance: Eddie Hoy 29 runs 0 dismissals
Best bowling performance: Will O’Brien 2-0-7-3

Coach’s verdict: Cranleigh U9 Thunder reached the half way point of their season on Saturday, marking it with their fifth win in a row to take them joint top of the league with Stoke D'Abernon, who have also won all five of their games. After skipper Will O'Brien won the toss and decided to bat on a grass pitch and outfield heavy with dew, Cranleigh racked up 157-3 (a net score of 345) with good contributions throughout. Eddie Hoy top scored with 29 including some powerful pull shots, and there were good contributions too from Will O'Flinn (net 23) and Oscar Pilling (17) and some sumptuous drives from Freddie Swayne and Will Hamblin. With ball in hand, Blackheath were restricted to 60-10 (net 220) with Will O'Brien returning impressive figures of 2-0-7-3. Eddie Hoy and William Martin each picked up two wickets, the former claiming a magnificent diving catch off his own bowling and the latter bowling a magic leg break reminiscent of Warne's "Gatting ball" which completely bamboozled the batter. Arlo Knight also bowled a miserly spell - capping off an excellent all round team display. —Stuart Martin

Next match? Cranleigh v Farnham (27th June, 6pm)

Under 9Bs
Sunday 23rd June: Cranleigh (net score 310) beat Blackheath (net score 261) by 49 runs
Best batting performance: Nathan Simpson 30 runs 0 dismissals
Best bowling performance: William Martin 3-0-8-2

Coach’s verdict: Cranleigh U9 Lightning chalked up their fourth successive victory on Sunday to move up to third place in the league following an impressive victory over Blackheath. On a glorious morning at Duke of Kent school, skipper Nathan Simpson won the toss and decided to bowl first and managed to limit the opposition to 101-10 (net 261) with a disciplined bowling performance - conceding only 14 wides and five no balls. The new ball pair of Stanley Brading (2-0-10-2) and William Martin (3-0-8-2) set the tone with accurate, straight bowling up front and each picking up two wickets. Toby Barriball, Saul Benn, Barty Little and Nathan Simpson also picked up wickets, while the bowlers were backed up by some excellent fielding - especially Theo Enticott who effected a great run out.

With bat in hand, Cranleigh managed to score 134-6 (net 310) to win by 49 runs. The star with the bat was Nathan Simpson who drove and pulled his way to an excellent unbeaten 30 in a great partnership with Noah Johnson. Toby Barriball also hit an unbeaten 20 in another productive partnership with Theo Enticott; in fact, all four pairs batted well together with some good backing up and running between the wickets. The boys can be very proud of their performance — long may the victories keep coming! —Stuart Martin

Next match? Bramley v Cranleigh (6th July, 9am)

Under 10s
Thursday 20th June: Normandy (net score 313) beat Cranleigh (net score 290) by 23 runs
Best batting performance: Will O’Flinn 17 runs 0 dismissals
Best bowling performance: Shivan Bird 3-0-9-2

Coach’s verdict: Huge progress continues to be made in the Under 10s. The reverse fixture was very one-sided but this contest was just that — a contest. Cranleigh won the toss and chose to bat and dealt with some probing bowling well. A continued approach of valuing our wickets was pleasing to see, as was the consistently impressive running between the wickets, with Under 9 Will O’Flinn impressing with 17 too. Shivan Bird’s opening over put Normandy on the ropes with two wickets to him and a run out, but they recovered well with the bat and proved difficult to dismiss. We had real positivity in the field and threatened consistently, but weren’t able to claim victory. A tough game against the table-toppers but we certainly held our own and it’s a reminder of how quickly the players are developing — a terrific performance despite the result. —Bradley Adams

Next match? Guildford v Cranleigh (30th June, 10am)

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